Workshop for Integration of Numerical Methods into
the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum Using the Mathcad Software
DUE 9653440
May 1, 1998
July 19-23, 1998
SITE(S): University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL
Physical Chemistry is the first course in the chemistry curriculum that uses numerical methods to calculate quantities of physical and chemical interest from measurable data. Because of the rapid progress in personal computers, the undergraduate student now has access to a series of software choices that can perform calculations far beyond those previously available. One of the most popular software packages in general use is Mathcad. Even as this technology is being developed, undergraduate faculty are striving to implement it in classes.

In order to aid undergraduate Physical Chemistry faculty in incorporating numerical methods into the undergraduate curriculum, we are conducting a series of week-long workshops whose goals are to produce fluency in the use of Mathcad as a tool, and to develop and present mathematical methods useful in the Physical Chemistry lecture and laboratory courses. The workshops will be held for six days at the University of South Alabama and will include 18 participants and three instructors. The general itinerary will consist of a combination of lectures, hands-on computer laboratory exercises, and panel discussions concerning the use of numerical methods in Physical Chemistry. Participants will develop a series of templates, each of which will perform a useful numerical technique relevant to the Physical Chemistry course and will be made accessible to the public through our WWW site.

A follow-up discussion group involving all participants will be set up through an e-mail network. This group will prepare a set of templates and exercises that may be published. Workshop participants will discuss their work at the fall American Chemical Society meeting in a symposium, "Numerical Methods in Physical Chemistry Using Mathcad."

CONTACT: Sidney Young
Department of Chemistry
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36688
Phone: 334-460-6181
Fax: 334-460-7359

Chemical Applications of Lasers Short Course DUE 9653392
March 15, 1998
June 13-20, 1998
SITE(S): James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA,

A short course is being offered during the summer of 1998 on laser technology and its applications to solving chemical problems. The offering consists of a seven-day exposure to both the theory and practical applications of lasers to all branches of chemistry. The course includes: (1) lectures on the fundamentals of lasers and related topics including their applications to chemistry, and (2) laboratory experiments done by all participants illustrating the principles presented in the lectures, including the applications. A major feature of these short courses is that the materials presented and experiments done are directly transferable to the participant's home institution. All aspects of the course are appropriate for inclusion in the undergraduate curriculum.

CONTACT: Benjamin DeGraff
Department of Chemistry
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Phone: 540-568-6246
Fax: 540-568-7938

A Consortium for Molecular Modeling Using Workshops and the World
Wide Web
DUE 9653431
call contact
June 21-26;
July 26-31, 1998
SITE(S): Lebanon Valley
Annville, PA

This project will establish a consortium to promote incorporation of molecular modeling into the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. The consortium will be initiated by summer workshops in molecular modeling for college chemistry faculty. The workshops will make use of computer hardware and software purchased in 1995 with the help of funding from the National Science Foundation. College faculty will sign up for a week of study in the theory and application of molecular modeling as it applies to the entire chemistry curriculum. The workshops will emphasize links between laboratory experimentation and modeling on the computer as well as the use of modeling in various lecture courses. After the workshops, participants will communicate through the Molecular Modeling Consortium. The follow-up and dissemination of participants' results will be conducted electronically by use of the Molecular Modeling Home Page ( which is already in place.

The project will be directed by individuals having 10 years of experience in molecular modeling and 20 years of experience using computers in chemical education. Dissemination of modeling experiments already developed is underway and will continue as other new experiments are refined.

CONTACT: Carl Wigal
Department of Chemistry
Lebanon Valley College
101 North College Avenue
Annville, PA 17003
Phone: 717-867-6147
Fax: 717-867-6124

Undergraduate Faculty Workshops for the Integration of Chemistry and Art into
Liberal Arts,Chemistry and Teacher Education Curricula
DUE 9752769
April 15, 1998
June 7-13, 1998
SITE(S): Millersville University Millersville, PA
To the nonscience major, science, particularly the physical sciences, often seems inaccessible and unappealing. A science course for nonscientists on the chemistry of art focuses on a topic which is limited in scope and which capitalizes on the universal appeal of art. By showing how a knowledge of science can increase appreciation of art, science itself is shown to be accessible and appealing.

The 1998 workshop has two major goals: (1) helping undergraduate chemistry, art, and technology faculty to develop courses for nonscience majors which integrate chemistry and art; and (2) providing faculty with an interdisciplinary learning experience and an opportunity to assess its potential impact on college teaching. During the summer of 1999, two more workshops are planned for a slightly different audience: science, art, technology and education faculty who are actively involved in the education of K-12 pre-service teachers. An additional goal for the workshops in 1999 is to help teachers of teachers integrate topics of chemistry and art into their curricula.

In workshops in 1998, participants will learn through mini-lectures, hands-on laboratory activities, case studies, and museum field trips, how chemistry and art can be used to enhance and broaden nonscience majors' physical science experiences. The workshops are modeled after two chemistry courses which explore the chemistry and materials science of artists' media and ask such questions as how works of art are made, how they deteriorate over time, how they may be restored and conserved, and how they may be authenticated and distinguished from fakes. Both courses rely heavily on laboratory experiences where students investigate topics such as; (1) light and color mixing; (2) metals and the composition of coins; (3) natural and synthetic pigments and dyes; (4) glass, ceramics and polymeric materials; and (5) photochemistry of photography and facing. In addition, these courses explore the scientific investigation of works of art for selected case studies, such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Getty kouros, the Bellini/Titan painting The Feast of the Gods, van Meegeren's forgeries of Vermeer, and the Shroud of Turin. Workshop participants will also discuss various teaching strategies for getting students actively involved in learning. With guidance, participants will develop curricular materials suitable to their particular courses and teaching needs. Follow-through activities will include a "Chemistry and Art" listserve, as well as the posting of faculty-developed curricular materials and resources on a "Chemistry and Art" web site. Several faculty will be recruited to participate as facilitators and mentors in the subsequent workshops.

The second set of workshops, during the summer of 1999, will bring together teams of undergraduate faculty who regularly participate in the education of pre-service teachers. Team members will come from the same college or university. This workshop will focus on the use of interdisciplinary science (specifically chemistry) and art curricula with pre-service teachers as a model for providing a possible model for the teaching of K-12 science, art, and technology.

CONTACT: Patricia S. Hill
Department of Chemistry
Millersville University
P.O. Box 1002
Millersville, PA 17551
Phone: 717-872-3421
Fax: 717-872-3985

Instrumentation Workshop for Two-Year College Faculty DUE 9752787
Rolling admission
June 14-19, 1998

July 26-31, 1998

Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

NSF has continued funding for the Summer Instrumentation Workshops cosponsored by 2YC3. FTIR, Molecular Modeling and Chromatography workshops will be held at George Mason University from June14-19, 1998. Environmental Chemistry, PC Interfacing and PC Molecular Modeling will be held at Western Washington University from July 26-31, 1998. Attendance is open to all applicants. Applications will be reviewed and selections made as they are received.
CONTACT: Richard F. Jones Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 937-512-2322
Fax: 937-512-5164